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Fall/Winter 2022

Artist rendering of Hunt Library and Fitts Woolard Hall. Teal sky, white clouds, black trees, gray buildings with three gray drones flying overhead.

Dec 7, 2022

Up in the air

A sneak peek of that future will be available around the NC State campus and surrounding communities in the coming years. National Science Foundation (NSF) funding is helping faculty members in the College’s Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Computer Science (CSC) build experimental testbeds using new fifth generation (5G) wireless communication technology to allow the research that will enable the future of drones. 

Overhead view of the SolarPack car crossing the finish line.

Dec 6, 2022

Here comes the solar-powered car

Since 2016, SolarPack has pushed the boundaries of what is possible for a sustainably powered car. Thanks to those years of work and innovative thinking, the team put together a record-breaking car for this year’s Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP). 

Fischer, third from right, at the 2022 Space Technology Hall of Fame induction ceremony with T. E. Zelibor, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), CEO Space Foundation; Sid Mair, President and CEO, Penguin Computing; Philip Pokorny, CTO, Penguin Computing; Sterling; and Robert D. Cabana, NASA Associate Administrator.

Dec 6, 2022

COE alumnus honored for supercomputing innovations

Jim Fischer, electrical engineering ‘74, was a key player in several groundbreaking initiatives during his 40-year career at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, including managing the team that designed and built a revolutionary cluster computing prototype — the foundational architecture for most of the world’s top 500 supercomputers and today’s cloud computing. 

Ashley Williams in NC State women's basketball uniform dribbles against opposing team member.

Dec 6, 2022

ISE alumna returns to women’s basketball program

Alumna Ashley Williams left the NC State women’s basketball program on a high note. Her senior year, the team made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years. She returns as an assistant coach to a team that has won three consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships. Williams… 

NC State gateway at sunset

Dec 6, 2022

Q&A: Questions for Phil Mintz

Phil Mintz is the executive director of NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership. He has a B.S. in engineering operations from NC State and an M.S. in industrial engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. 

Dr. Jacob Jones, right, talks with three female students in the STEPS lab.

Dec 6, 2022

STEPS Center takes on phosphorus sustainability

In the first year since the Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) Center launched, 20 research projects are in progress — all working toward the goal of reducing dependence on phosphorus mining and the amount of phosphates lost to water and soil. 

Archival black and white photo of two NC State staff members working in an early lab.

Dec 6, 2022

College prepares to mark 100th anniversary in 2023

The College of Engineering will mark its 100th anniversary on May 28, 2023. The College is planning a yearlong celebration of NC State Engineering’s century of achievements in 2023. 

Aerospace engineering students work in the nearly completed hypersonic wind tunned lab. The students are working under Dr. Venkat Narayanaswamy. Photo by Marc Hall

Dec 6, 2022

Long-duration hypersonic research facility will be first in Southeast

A hypersonic tunnel being built by Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) students will help develop the next generation of high-speed vehicles that will lead to fundamental changes in travel and transportation. 

Dr. Louis Martin-Vega

Dec 1, 2022

From the dean

Welcome to the fall / winter 2022 issue of NC State Engineering magazine.